Is Facebook Down? Facebook is Down for Many Right Now
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If you are trying to reach Facebook today, and finding Facebook gone, it may be that Facebook is down. Or it may be that part of their Internet backbone is not routing traffic to them. As we write this, it seems to be a bit of both: Facebook is down for us, because part of their Internet infrastructure is hosed. Here’s a detailed explanation of how your computer gets to the Facebook website and, at the end, a work-around if you are currently unable to reach Facebook.

This is a traceroute – it shows the routing from our computer to Facebook – or, at least, the attempted routing:


traceroute to facebook.com (66.220.158.11), 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
1 64.sub-66-174-192.myvzw.com (66.174.192.64) 69.349 ms 80.431 ms 73.422 ms
2 127.sub-66-174-200.myvzw.com (66.174.200.127) 93.113 ms 92.814 ms 86.518 ms
3 145.sub-66-174-26.myvzw.com (66.174.26.145) 95.187 ms 79.854 ms 85.093 ms
4 106.sub-66-174-26.myvzw.com (66.174.26.106) 88.750 ms 87.127 ms 86.692 ms
5 232.sub-66-174-24.myvzw.com (66.174.24.232) 86.439 ms 86.837 ms 87.212 ms
6 231.sub-66-174-24.myvzw.com (66.174.24.231) 86.213 ms 79.804 ms 86.921 ms
7 253.sub-69-83-147.myvzw.com (69.83.147.253) 86.225 ms 86.776 ms 86.596 ms
8 gigabitethernet0-0-0.gw10.slt4.alter.net (157.130.162.29) 113.162 ms 113.636 ms 119.745 ms
9 0.so-0-2-0.xl1.slt4.alter.net (152.63.88.142) 205.787 ms 115.175 ms 122.862 ms
10 0.ge-7-2-0.xl3.dfw7.alter.net (152.63.0.34) 116.323 ms 113.227 ms 114.863 ms
11 0.ae3.br1.dfw13.alter.net (152.63.96.45) 124.464 ms
0.ae3.br2.dfw13.alter.net (152.63.97.58) 113.586 ms
0.ae3.br1.dfw13.alter.net (152.63.96.45) 113.630 ms
12 * * *
13 vlan70.csw2.dallas1.level3.net (4.69.145.126) 299.249 ms
vlan90.csw4.dallas1.level3.net (4.69.145.254) 382.917 ms
vlan60.csw1.dallas1.level3.net (4.69.145.62) 640.770 ms
14 ae-93-93.ebr3.dallas1.level3.net (4.69.151.170) 128.588 ms
ae-73-73.ebr3.dallas1.level3.net (4.69.151.146) 130.658 ms
ae-83-83.ebr3.dallas1.level3.net (4.69.151.158) 145.179 ms
15 ae-7-7.ebr3.atlanta2.level3.net (4.69.134.22) 184.596 ms 172.849 ms 153.300 ms
16 ae-2-2.ebr1.washington1.level3.net (4.69.132.86) 212.035 ms 184.341 ms 155.007 ms
17 ae-91-91.csw4.washington1.level3.net (4.69.134.142) 153.486 ms
ae-71-71.csw2.washington1.level3.net (4.69.134.134) 199.686 ms
ae-61-61.csw1.washington1.level3.net (4.69.134.130) 236.085 ms
18 ae-1-60.edge3.washington4.level3.net (4.69.149.18) 186.501 ms
ae-3-80.edge3.washington4.level3.net (4.69.149.146) 234.589 ms 183.274 ms
19 facebook-in.edge2.washington4.level3.net (4.53.114.74) 275.036 ms
facebook-in.edge3.washington4.level3.net (4.53.116.78) 244.456 ms
facebook-in.edge3.washington4.level3.net (4.53.116.50) 308.640 ms
20 ae1.bb02.iad2.tfbnw.net (74.119.77.146) 379.575 ms 155.164 ms
ae1.bb01.iad2.tfbnw.net (204.15.20.54) 163.006 ms
21 ae8.dr01.ash4.tfbnw.net (74.119.77.210) 155.504 ms 246.843 ms 179.769 ms
22 po510.csw01b.ash4.tfbnw.net (74.119.78.251) 161.203 ms 150.143 ms
po510.csw01a.ash4.tfbnw.net (74.119.78.247) 156.210 ms
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Each one of these lines is called a “hop” – when you connect, or try to connect, to a website, your connection from your computer to that website hops from one link to another along the way, like stepping stones across a stream.

In this case, you can see that our attempted trip to Facebook.com started at myvzw.com (because we are on the Verizon network, which is what myvzw.com is), and then hoed over to alter.net (a major Internet backbone provider) and then on to Level3, another major internet backbone provider.

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At one point, we were passed from general Level3 servers over to Facebook’s own Level3 servers (as signified by the subdomains facebook-in.edge2 and facebook-in.edge3.

Then we were handed off to tfbnw.net, and that is where the problem seems to begin. Do you see those entries that are nothing but asterisks (stars)? Like this?:

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Those usually (not always, but usually) signify a timeout, meaning that the next hop has failed to respond. This is why when trying to reach Facebook right now, your browser may just hang, and never get there.

Now, it will not always be the case that if you run into this problem you will not be able to get to your intended destination on the web, because it could be that the hop that is hanging up and timing out may be one of many hops that are not related to your intended destination, but are merely mid-way points.

However, in this case, tfbnw.net is actually under Facebook’s control, and so the odds are more likely that, unless your request to go to Facebook.com is routed through another of Facebook’s own real estate, that you will have a problem trying to get to Facebook. Here is a “whois” lookup for tfbnw.net, showing that it either belongs to Facebook or, at least, is under Facebook’s control:

$ whois tfbnw.net

Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

Domain Name: TFBNW.NET
Registrar: MARKMONITOR INC.
Whois Server: whois.markmonitor.com
Referral URL: http://www.markmonitor.com
Name Server: NS3.FACEBOOK.COM
Name Server: NS4.FACEBOOK.COM
Name Server: NS5.FACEBOOK.COM
Name Server: NS6.FACEBOOK.COM
Name Server: NS7.FACEBOOK.COM
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Status: serverDeleteProhibited
Status: serverTransferProhibited
Status: serverUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 15-sep-2010
Creation Date: 17-dec-2004
Expiration Date: 17-dec-2019

>>> Last update of whois database: Thu, 06 Oct 2011 13:30:02 UTC < << NOTICE: The expiration date displayed in this record is the date the registrar's sponsorship of the domain name registration in the registry is currently set to expire. This date does not necessarily reflect the expiration date of the domain name registrant's agreement with the sponsoring registrar. Users may consult the sponsoring registrar's Whois database to view the registrar's reported date of expiration for this registration. TERMS OF USE: You are not authorized to access or query our Whois database through the use of electronic processes that are high-volume and automated except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or modify existing registrations; the Data in VeriSign Global Registry Services' ("VeriSign") Whois database is provided by VeriSign for information purposes only, and to assist persons in obtaining information about or related to a domain name registration record. VeriSign does not guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a Whois query, you agree to abide by the following terms of use: You agree that you may use this Data only for lawful purposes and that under no circumstances will you use this Data to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail, telephone, or facsimile; or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that apply to VeriSign (or its computer systems). The compilation, repackaging, dissemination or other use of this Data is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of VeriSign. You agree not to use electronic processes that are automated and high-volume to access or query the Whois database except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or modify existing registrations. VeriSign reserves the right to restrict your access to the Whois database in its sole discretion to ensure operational stability. VeriSign may restrict or terminate your access to the Whois database for failure to abide by these terms of use. VeriSign reserves the right to modify these terms at any time. The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .EDU domains and Registrars. MarkMonitor is the Global Leader in Enterprise Brand Protection. Domain Management MarkMonitor Brand Protection™ AntiFraud Solutions Corporate Consulting Services Visit MarkMonitor at www.markmonitor.com Contact us at 1 800 745 9229 In Europe, at +44 (0) 20 7840 1300 The Data in MarkMonitor.com's WHOIS database is provided by MarkMonitor.com for information purposes, and to assist persons in obtaining information about or related to a domain name registration record. MarkMonitor.com does not guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a WHOIS query, you agree that you will use this Data only for lawful purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use this Data to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail (spam); or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that apply to MarkMonitor.com (or its systems). MarkMonitor.com reserves the right to modify these terms at any time. By submitting this query, you agree to abide by this policy. Registrant: Domain Administrator Facebook, Inc. 1601 S. California Ave Palo Alto CA 94304 US domain@fb.com +1.6505434800 Fax: +1.6505434800 Domain Name: tfbnw.net Registrar Name: Markmonitor.com Registrar Whois: whois.markmonitor.com Registrar Homepage: http://www.markmonitor.com Administrative Contact: Domain Administrator Facebook, Inc. 1601 S. California Ave Palo Alto CA 94304 US domain@fb.com +1.6505434800 Fax: +1.6505434800 Technical Contact, Zone Contact: Domain Administrator Facebook, Inc. 1601 S. California Ave Palo Alto CA 94304 US domain@fb.com +1.6505434800 Fax: +1.6505434800 Created on..............: 2004-12-17. Expires on..............: 2019-12-17. Record last updated on..: 2011-10-06. Domain servers in listed order: ns3.facebook.com ns5.facebook.com ns7.facebook.com ns4.facebook.com ns6.facebook.com

 

Now, if you are one of the many in the situation that you can’t get to Facebook right now, you can try using one of the Internet web proxies, which will route your request through a different series of hops:

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4 thoughts on “Is Facebook Down? Facebook is Down for Many Right Now
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  1. can it be that our prayers have been answered? could we be so lucky that “FarceBook” could be gone? Or has steve j. reached out from that binary cloud in the sky? Mark should be locked in a 4X8 windowless cell with only a 12 inch black and white and a original “Pong” console!

  2. ahhhh, not to be rude to you–but who the heck cares? fb is going the way of netflix in my house if they dont quit screwing around. new changes stink, i am old but even my kids cant get the hang of whats going on.

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